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Art & Music

AP Art History Flexbook
This link is a flexbook an AP Art History teacher put together on the Baroque period. It is a wondeful resource to use to walk the student through activities such as defining key vocabulary words, identifying great works, creating a timeline, understanding historical context of works and periods, and more. A wonderful, free resource that can be used to prepare for an AP Art History test, or for a unit study for any age.

WEB LINK: http://www.ck12.org/flexbook/viewer/26c772e929078adf7e5b4af003da1b28/

AP Art History Masterpiece Cards
Masterpiece Cards are a set of 250 art history cards. The Cards portray art paintings from over 200 famous painters found in nearly 100 U. S. and European art museums. The Cards feature art paintings discussed most often in leading art history books, creating a consensus identifying some of the best paintings in the world.

The cards:

  • reproduce world famous paintings in images authorized by art museums (= authentic color)
  • explain the meaning and significance to art history of each work
  • survey 5+ centuries of art history, capturing art history highlights from Renaissance paintings through Pop art paintings.

    On the reverse of each Card are facts about each work, and a commentary explaining the painting's significance, written by an art history expert (or two!). Each Card is color-coded to show the city or country where it's located, creating an itinerary of must-see masterpieces in art museums.

    Who uses the Cards?
    AP art history students and teachers; parents wishing to teach young children about famous paintings; attendees in art history, art appreciation, and art education classes; visitors to art museums; home education and homeschooling families; and curious minds of all ages!

    Which works of art are included in Masterpiece Cards?
    Download the free Famous Paintings ebook at

    to learn the title and painter of each work; the year the painting was completed; and the art museum and city in which it is located. Discover which famous paintings to visit in art museums wherever you go. Masterpiece Cards offer a lifetime of art appreciation, one famous painting at a time.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979447607/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr

  • AP Art History Resources
    An idea and resource sharing site for the AP Art History community. Includes links for art study and suggestions for texts.

    WEB LINK: http://advancedplacementarthistory.blogspot.com/

    Art History Timeline
    By The Met

    WEB LINK: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/

    Art History: National Gallery of Art Images of Art
    Free online images for download.

    WEB LINK: https://images.nga.gov/en/page/show_home_page.html

    Art In Story: Teaching Art History to Elementary School Children
    By Marianne Saccardi

    This book offers a child-friendly way to bring art history to your elementary aged child, and works well with a historical approach to art.

    The Book is 'Art in Story' by Marianne Saccardi. It is out in a new revision. This review is for the earlier version. The book includes some up-front instructions to assist you in using the book, contains resource appendices and 2 indexes (one by subject and one by art title). I understand that the new version has more entries in all categories.

    It is geared towards elementary-aged children. Each lesson is fairly "stand alone", meaning you can pretty much 'dip' into this book as you see fit. The heart of the book is arranged as follows (I have selectively listed some chapters or as the author call them 'lessons').

    The original version of the book is arranged in a combination Geographic/Time Line order:

  • Part 1 Ancients by culture
  • Part 2 Art of East & Africa
  • Part 3 Middle Ages, then Renaissance
  • Part 4 European Masters: van Eyck; Rembrandt Vermeer,Velazquez,Goya
  • Part 5 Impressionism and Post Impressionism
  • Part 6 American Art: Native, Colonial Historic, Primitive, Latter 19 Century
  • Part 7 Mexico
  • Part 8 Art of 20th Century: Matisse/Picasso/O'Keefe/Nevelson/Pollock & Computer Art (Greiman).

    The chapters (aka lessons) under each 'Part' all follow the same layout, consisting of:

  • 1-2 pages of background;
  • A story to read aloud to engage and evoke imagination;
  • Suggestions as to how to use visual resources to share the art with the children. Photos and suggested books are listed at the end of the chapter and/or in the appendix. Note that this part of the lesson also gives any special explanations to facilitate understanding;
  • Suggestions for students maintaining an art journal;
  • An Art/Drama Activity;
  • Occasionally the author includes a brief bullet point list of tie-ins to other studies.

    SAMPLE LAYOUT OF A CHAPTER: Rembrandt Lesson/Chapter

  • A page and a half of background--his life, his times, major impacts on him and on others--probably background for the teacher to draw on as you discuss Rembrandt. Possibly it is usable for reading, but by older students.
  • A 1-1/2 page story meant for read aloud. Designed to engage the children, tell his bio, and prime them to see the changes in his work.
  • A page or so suggesting you as instructor show the variety of materials he worked in, explaining how etchings were made using brief, child appropriate language (you could read aloud or just adapt), info that he is considered the ultimate master in the art of etching, names of some specific etchings to show, notes as to some of his famous oils (with just a touch of back story), and notes about his self portraits if you are including those.
  • A suggestion for an Art Journal activity and questions to think about to help--about a paragraph worth.
  • An Art activity of making a etching, including a list of materials and instructions as to how to do it.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591583594?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=15915

  • Art Through Time
    Art Through Time: A Global View is a 13-episode series that examines themes connecting works of art created around the world in different eras. The series explores diverse cultural perspectives on shared human experiences.

    WEB LINK: http://www.learner.org/courses/globalart/

    Artist Identification Game
    By Freerice

    A free, online game where students can identify the artist for a famous painting and earn rice for the hungry.

    WEB LINK: http://freerice.com/#/famous-paintings/450

    Carnegie Hall Explore and Learn OnLine Resources
    Learn about sound, music notation, text, and instruments in a fun, interactive exploration of musical repertoire. Although designed primarily for those aged 6-12, these engaging games allow both kids and adults to experience great music while learning music concepts in a stimulating environment.

    WEB LINK: http://www.carnegiehall.org/article/explore_and_learn/art_online_resources_listening_adventures.html

    Classics for Kids
    Contains timeline of composers, games, some theory, and some history.

    WEB LINK: http://www.classicsforkids.com/

    Clip Art
    Many topics, many subjects. Most art is offered in several sizes.

    WEB LINK: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/sitemap/sitemap.htm

    A great resource for craft ideas.

    WEB LINK: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/

    Famous Children Series
    Here is Beethoven, but this series is offers many books on famous musician as well as artists. It is geared for the elementary student.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812019962?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=08120

    Getting to Know the Worlds Greatist Artists
    By Mike Venezia

    We have chosen Michelangelo, but explore all the books in this Greatest Artists series. The reading level is very simple, but don't be fooled. The content is appropriate well into the Logic stage.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0516422936?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=05164

    Handbook of Nature Study
    By Anna Botsford Comstock

    The late Anna Botsford Comstock was the founder and first head of the Department of Nature Study at Cornell University and the first woman to be appointed to the Cornell faculty. Written originally for elementary school teachers, this book is as valid and helpful today as it was when it was first written in 1911.

    This is a wonderful book for studying nature. It discusses details of living things: where are a cricket's ears located, how to tell if you have a male/female, what to feed your cricket, why a lightning bug "lights up". It covers birds, fish, reptiles, wild animals, farm animals, pets, trees, flowers, rocks, weather, stars, etc, with labled diagrams. Fits wonderfully with a Charlotte Mason philosophy. Geared towards elementary grades, complete with lessons, questions, projects, etc. Over 800 pages of easily understood information.

    For instructions on how to use this book with your children for doing Outdoor Hour challenges, go to

    From the blog:
    The first five challenges contain such important information from the Handbook of Nature Study that I don't think you should miss reading it. Those challenges set the stage for all further nature study and will give you a great overview of how to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. So my best suggestion for newcomers is to make sure to complete the first five challenges and then join us in challenge #20 with the year-long tree study.

    If you have sort of stumbled along the way and need to get started again with the challenges, pick a challenge you can get excited about. Take 15-20 minutes for nature study in your own backyard. Keep it simple and let your child enjoy the time outdoors. If the challenge is completed or if you just have a great adventure outdoors, either way you are successful.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801493846?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=08014

    Illustrated History of the Classical Guitar
    This site traces the history of the guitar back to ancient times, modifications of the guitar through the millennia, and images of ancient guitars.

    WEB LINK: http://www.classicalguitarmidi.com/history/guitar_history.html

    Illustrating Nature: Right-brain Art in a Left-brain World
    By Irene Brady

    Written for ages 13+, but younger children can use it effectively with some help.

    This book was written by an award-winning nature book author and college-level instructor in scientific illustration and is a generously illustrated, complete guide to nature illustration, from beginning sketching to a professional career.

    There are exercises to advance the artist's skill in such different areas as shading; use of pencil, pen, and computer; organizing and designing an illustration; field sketching (and taking notes about the subject); and a multitude of procedures and tips, both large and small, that go into creating beautiful, professional results. The heavily illustrated instructions for each exercise are clear, concise, and lead the artist from elemental to complex in easy increments.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0915965089?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09159

    International Music Score Library Project
    The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) offers free sheet music that is in the public domain. Search by composer, instrument, or time period.

    From the site: We at the IMSLP believe that music should be something that is easily accessible for everyone. For this purpose we have created a music library to provide music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access, with several other projects in planning. IMSLP is also entirely collaborative, and all contributions are greatly welcome.

    WEB LINK: http://imslp.org/

    Introduction to Reading Music
    WEB LINK: http://datadragon.com/education/reading/

    Music and Teaching Materials
    By Susan Paradis

    WEB LINK: http://www.susanparadis.com/catalog.php?type=Worksheets§ion=3&level=x&subtype=x&subtype2=x

    Music and the Mind
    By Dee Dickinson

    An article about the effects of music education on children's minds: the improved development of higher order thinking skills, including analysis, synthesis, logic, and creativity; improved concentration and lengthened attention spans; improved memory and retention; and improved interpersonal skills and abilities to work with others in collaborative ways.

    WEB LINK: http://www.menc.org/publication/articles/academic/dickins.htm

    Music Appreciation Online Course
    Created by a homeschooling dad of 3, who also is a college professor of piano, this online music appreciation course is designed to take a maximum of 15 weeks.

    This is an online course in understanding and appreciating the great classic works of music. It counts as an Honors Course for Homeschoolers since this course is typically taught to college freshmen.

    In this course, the student will:

  • learn the basics of music terminology
  • study the lives of the great composers, from 1200 - 2011
  • hear distinguishing characteristics of each major era of music
  • identify the greatest works from each era
  • increase your enjoyment of timeless music
  • gain a historical perspective of music, and the world.

    Students may decide to take the course in one of two ways:

  • Traditionally: following a traditional semester model, with specific deadlines for all tests and quizzes. Fifteen-week sessions begin periodically throughout the school year.
  • Self-Directed: completely self-directed, with only a beginning and ending date for completion. This can begin on the first of any month, and remains open for 15 weeks.

    Course material, quizzes, and tests are all online.


  • Web Access Code for one student: $50
  • Instructor Fee: $50
  • Multiple students in same family: $25

    Through a partnership with Connect For Education of Reston, Virginia, Dr. Edwards is able to offer the course materials and the instruction fee at a significantly smaller cost than if taken at a university. No college credit is given, but it can fulfill homeschool needs and/or requirements.

    Connect For Education provides the website where the primary interaction takes place. Student will have access to the text materials for study, as well as numerous listening examples. All assessments will take place online.

    Dr. Edwards will facilitate the learning environment, providing assistance, additional explanations, video help and instruction.

    A certificate of completion will be sent to the student when the course is finished.

    Use weblink below to register or contact

    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.OnlineMusicAppreciation.com

  • Music Notation Paper Generator
    By BlankSheetMusic

    This on-line site has free templates for staff paper and sheet music. You can customize it for the various clefs (treble, bass, percussion, both for piano, etc.) and add key and time signatures.

    WEB LINK: http://www.blanksheetmusic.net/

    Music Notation Paper Generator
    A nice site to make your own -- vary spacing of lines, number of staffs on page, etc.

    WEB LINK: http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/musicstaff/

    Music Notation Paper Generator--Multiple Sites
    This weblink shown below leads to a page listing several sites offering free staff paper. The variations at these sites are numerous and include:
    • Large scale elementary paper;
    • Paper with multiple staffs (for group/band arrangements);
    • Different paper sizes (legal, ledger, etcetera);
    • Paper with tabs,
    • Many other variations
    Note: Some of the sites on this page have their own listing here on classicalkids.net.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.zzounds.com/edu--printablestaffpaper

    Music Theory
    Worksheets, lessons, exercises and tools.

    WEB LINK: http://www.musictheory.net/

    This on-line site sells sheet digital music. Prices begin at $3.95. You can browse alphabetically by author, or instruments and voice. Every title offers a free preview of the piece online. They offer volume discounts: buy 5-10 digital titles and save 10%, 11-20 digital titles and save 15%, 21 or more digital titles and save 20%.

    After you purchase and print a digital title, the site automatically sets up a file on your hard-drive so that you can re-print your selection any time.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://MusicNotes.com/sheetmusic

    Paper Toys
    A great website with cut-outs of famous machines and architectural feats & monuments: the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the White House & US Capital, the Globe Theatre, Neuschwanstein Castle, Sydney Opera House, Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, and more.

    WEB LINK: http://www.papertoys.com/

    Reading Music Basics
    WEB LINK: http://www.notationmachine.com/how_to_read_sheetmusic/readingmusic.htm

    Rhythm worksheets
    WEB LINK: http://mysite.verizon.net/gill225/sms/id8.html

    Rhythm worksheets
    WEB LINK: http://www.stringskills.com/Rythm.asp

    Rhythm worksheets
    By Wendy's Piano Studio

    WEB LINK: http://www.composecreate.com/wendys-piano-studio/teaching-resources/rhythm-worksheets

    Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia
    A biography on Bach for the upper elementary and middle shcool student. It is best consumed along with the CD companion. Then go ahead and read Mozart as well.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/097465051X?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09746

    Story of the Orchestra
    By Robert Levine

    The book is divided into two major parts: composers from Vivaldi to Bernstein and their associated musical periods, and the instruments of the orchestra.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579121489?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=15791

    Suzuki Association of America Discussion Forums
    Several discussion forums are open for parents and teachers across the country and around the world to discuss the Suzuki method. Share questions and ideas about Suzuki education.

    WEB LINK: http://suzukiassociation.org/forum/

    The Sound of Success: Suzuki Method for Guitar
    An informative introduction to Suzuki Guitar for parents or classical guitarists interested in teaching.

    WEB LINK: http://suzukiassociation.org/news/sound-success-suzuki-method-for-guitar-2/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Suzuk

    The Suzuki Guitar Experience
    An article explaining the Suzuki method and the Suzuki classical guitar program.

    WEB LINK: http://suzukiassociation.org/news/suzuki-guitar-experience/

    Tour the Art Institute of Chicago
    By The Art Institute of Chicago

    From the site:
    Below you can explore information on artists and works featured in the galleries of the Art Institute of Chicago. This local museum is located in the heart of Chicago and is home to works created by Vincent VanGogh, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassat, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and many others.

    Choose among a number of collections and zoom in on and interact with various works. Learn about masters of art. A great site to explore!

    WEB LINK: http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/art-institute-chicago/

    Web Gallery of Art
    By Amanda Hale

    This website contains images of a LARGE number of art works searchable by:
  • Artist
  • Timeframe
  • School of art
  • Form of art(sculpture/painting)
  • Type of art(still-life/religious)

    Many drawings are included, as well as some ceramics, metalwork and other media. Your visit can be enhanced by clicking on the music tab to select period music to play as you view various works (MP3, MIDI & links to live classical music stations). Virtual tours of places like the Sistine Chapel are also available. The site has earned various awards and recommendations from sources as diverse as the BBC and Forbes. The remaining description comes from the website.

    The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 11th to mid-19th centuries. It was started in 1996 as a topical site of the Renaissance art, originated in the Italian city-states of the 14th century and spread to other countries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Intending to present Renaissance art as comprehensively as possible, the scope of the collection was later extended to show its Medieval roots as well as its evolution to Baroque and Rococo via Mannerism. More recently the periods of Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism were also included.

    The collection has some of the characteristics of a virtual museum. The experience of the visitors is enhanced by guided tours helping to understand the artistic and historical relationship between different works and artists, by period music of choice in the background and a free postcard service. At the same time the collection serves the visitors' need for a site where various information on art, artists and history can be found together with corresponding pictorial illustrations. Although not a conventional one, the collection is a searchable database supplemented by a glossary containing articles on art terms, relevant historical events, personages, cities, museums and churches.

    The Web Gallery of Art is intended to be a free resource of art history primarily for students and teachers. It is a private initiative not related to any museums or art institutions, and not supported financially by any state or corporate sponsors. However, we do our utmost, using authentic literature and advice from professionals, to ensure the quality and authenticity of the content.

    WEB LINK: http://www.wga.hu/index1.html


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